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I trained as a cultural historian of modern France with a particular focus on colonialism and race. I am especially interested in the theory and writing of history, questions of identity and memory and the relationship between history and other disciplines in the arts and humanities - literary criticism, anthropology and psychology in particular.

Qualifications

B.A., M.A. (Warwick, 2000, 2002), Ph.D. (Manchester, 2007), PGCHE/AP (Lancaster, 2010)

Current Research

* A monograph on Albert Camus' Algeria 

* A new project on magical realism and the writing of history

Current Teaching

I contribute to a variety of collectively-taught modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level and convene the following:

HIST244: A History of Paris

HIST272: The French Colonial World, 1791-1962

HIST477: Creative Voices: History and Fiction

I would like to hear from potential graduate students interested in the following areas:

Social, cultural and intellectual histories of modern France and the French overseas empire

Imperialism, colonialism and race

Modern literature and history

Historiography (especially French) in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

2017

Raphael Dalleo (ed.), Bourdieu and Postcolonial Studies

Strachan, J. 06/2017 In: H-France Review. 17, 92

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

2016

Edward Hughes, Albert Camus

Strachan, J. 2016 In: Modern and Contemporary France. 24, 1, p. 105 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

2014

Decolonising imperial heroes: Britain and France

Jones, M., Sèbe, B., Strachan, J., Taithe, B. & Yeandle, P. 2014 In: Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History. 42, 5, p. 787-825 39 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2013

The Dogon as lieu de mémoire

Strachan, J. 11/2013 Lancaster: Lancaster University, p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Working paper

Cent ans d’histoire des outre-mers. SFHOM, 1912-2012

Strachan, J. 2013 In: Modern and Contemporary France. 21, 3, p. 391-392 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

From Poverty to Wretchedness: Albert Camus and the Psychology of the Pieds-noirs

Strachan, J. 2013 In: Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History. 14, 2, 4

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2012

Jennifer Sessions, By Sword and Plow: France and the Conquest of Algeria

Strachan, J. 08/2012 In: H-France Review. 12, 4 p., 100

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Camus in context

Strachan, J. 2012 In: Modern and Contemporary France. 20, 1, p. 105-108 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

2011

Spencer Segalla, The Moroccan Soul: French Education, Colonial Ethnology, and Muslim Resistance, 1912-1956

Strachan, J. 03/2011 In: H-France Review. 11, 3 p., 90

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Between history, memory and mythology: the Algerian education of Albert Camus

Strachan, J. 2011 France's lost empires: fragmentation, nostalgia, and la fracture coloniale. Marsh, K. & Frith, N. (eds.). Lanham, Md.: Lexington, p. 55-67 13 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Murder in the Desert: Soldiers, Settlers and the Flatters Expedition in the Politics and Historical Memory of European Colonial Algeria, 1830-1881

Strachan, J. 2011 In: H-France Review. 4, n/a, p. 210-222 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The Colonial Cosmology of Fernand Braudel

Strachan, J. 2011 The French Colonial Mind: Mental Maps of Empire and Colonial Encounters. Thomas, M. (ed.). Lincoln, Neb.: Nebraska University Press, Vol. 1, p. 72-95

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

2010

Graham Huggan and Ian Law (eds.), Racism, Postcolonialism, Europe

Strachan, J. 2010 In: Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies. 1, 2, p. 13-14 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

2009

Claude Liauzu, Histoire de l’anticolonialisme en France du XVIe siècle à nos jours

Strachan, J. 03/2009 In: H-France Review. 9, p. 167-169 3 p., 42

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Richard Keller, Colonial Madness: Psychiatry in French North Africa

Strachan, J. 2009 In: Modern and Contemporary France. 17, 2, p. 233-234 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

2008

Raphaëlle Branche, La guerre d’Algérie: une histoire apaisée? and Sylvie Thénault, Histoire de la guerre d’indépendance algérienne

Strachan, J. 06/2008 In: Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales. 63, 3, p. 658-660 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

2007

Annie Bleton-Ruget and Philippe Poirrier (eds.), Le temps des sciences humaines. Gaston Roupnel et les années trente

Strachan, J. 11/2007 In: H-France Review. 7, 4 p., 130

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

The Colonial Identity of Wine: The Leakey Affair and the Franco-Algerian Order of Things.

Strachan, J. 1/04/2007 In: The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 21, 2, p. 118-137 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Jonathan Dewald, Lost Worlds: The Emergence of French Social History, 1815-1970

Strachan, J. 2007 In: Modern and Contemporary France. 15, 3, p. 365-366 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Nabila Oulebsir, Les usages du patrimoine. Monuments, musées et politique coloniale en Algérie (1830-1930)

Strachan, J. 2007 In: European Review of History: Revue européene d'histoire. 14, 1, p. 133-134 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

2006

The Pasteurization of Algeria?

Strachan, J. 1/09/2006 In: French History. 20, 3, p. 260-275 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2005

Stéphane Gerson, The Pride of Place: Local Memories and Political Culture in Nineteenth-Century France

Strachan, J. 2005 In: European Review of History: Revue européene d'histoire. 12, 1, p. 168-169 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

2004

Romance, Religion and the Republic: Bruno's Le Tour de la France par deux enfants.

Strachan, J. 1/03/2004 In: French History. 18, 1, p. 96-118 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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